Cinema of Transgression

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The Cinema of Transgression is a term coined by Nick Zedd in 1985 to describe a New York City, United States based underground film movement, consisting of a loose-knit group of like-minded artists using shock value and humor in their work.[1] Key players in this movement were Nick Zedd, Kembra Pfahler,Tessa Hughes-Freeland, Casandra Stark, Beth B, Tommy Turner, Richard Kern and Lydia Lunch, who in the late 1970s and mid-1980s began to make very low-budget films using cheap 8 mm cameras.

An important essay outlining Zedd's philosophy on the Cinema of Transgression is the Cinema of Transgression Manifesto,[2] published pseudonymously in the Underground Film Bulletin (1984–90).

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  • Jack Sargeant's Deathtripping: The Cinema of Transgression, is a comprehensive account of this movement.

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